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Romania, Hungary trade barbs after scuffles at war cemetery

Bucharest - Romania and Hungary traded barbs Friday after scuffles broke out at a cemetery in Transylvania, amid tensions between Romanian nationalists and the region's minority ethnic-Hungarians.

Romanian president urges govt climbdown on justice reforms

Bucharest - Romanian president Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday called on the ruling left-wing government to back down over controversial judicial reforms that had triggered strong criticism and threats of sanctions from Brussels.

EU praises Romanian U-turn on controversial reforms

Apo - The European Commission on Tuesday welcomed Romania's pledge to renounce controversial judicial reforms that had triggered strong criticism and threats of sanctions from Brussels.

Roma dream of discrimination-free Romania ahead of Pope visit

Ion, a 72-year-old retiree from Romania's minority Roma community, says he is used to living without rights.

Pope celebrates diversity at mass in multi-ethnic Romania

Pope Francis on the second day of a visit to Romania celebrated diversity at a mass Saturday attended by tens of thousands of people in a predominantly ethnic-Hungarian part of the Transylvania region seen as the highlight of his trip.

Pope to hold giant mass for Romania's ethnic-Hungarian minority

Tens of thousands gathered Saturday for a mass by Pope Francis on his second day in Romania with the ceremony in a predominantly ethnic-Hungarian part of the Transylvania region set to be the highlight of his trip.

Romanians welcome pope who praises 'sacrifices' of emigrants

Bucharest - Romanians lined Bucharest streets and packed two cathedrals on Friday to welcome Pope Francis, who began a three-day trip to the country with a message of integration for a post-election European Union following nationalist gains.

Pope to 'go beyond fear' in Romania

Vatican City - Pope Francis headed to Romania on Friday with a message of integration not just for its faith communities but for a post-election European Union, following nationalist gains.

Romania's ruling party reels from double blow

Bucharest - Romania's ruling Social Democrats, or PSD, held crisis meetings Tuesday after a disastrous 48 hours that saw them thrashed at the polls and their leader sent to jail.

Romania's ruling party strongman begins jail sentence

Bucharest - Romania's ruling party strongman Liviu Dragnea began a three-and-a-half-year jail sentence on Monday for corruption as his party grappled with a crushing defeat in the European elections.

Romania court lifts travel ban on ex-anti-graft chief

Bucharest - Romania's High Court on Wednesday revoked special measures introduced against magistrate Laura Codruta Kovesi, a hot favourite to become EU's first-ever top prosecutor, who last week was indicted on corruption charges."My appeal was admitted.

Residents split on future of Romania's trash heap 'time-bomb'

Cluj-napoca - The towering heap of rubbish at the Pata-Rat landfill in western Romania has been condemned as an "environmental time bomb" but for many of its neighbours, this putrid mountain of refuse is a livelihood -- one they want to protect from closure.

Favourite for top EU fraud job charged in Romania over graft

Bucharest - Romanian magistrate Laura Codruta Kovesi, a hot favourite to become the EU's first-ever top prosecutor, has been indicted on corruption charges, a judicial source told AFP.

Romanian president calls for referendum over justice reforms

Bucharest - Centre-right Romanian President Klaus Iohannis called Thursday for a referendum to be held on the left-wing government's controversial proposed justice reforms, which he himself opposes.

Jordan's king cancels Romania trip over Jerusalem row

Apo - Jordan's King Abdullah II cancelled a visit Monday to Romania after its prime minister vowed to move her country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, his office said.

Romania to move embassy to Jerusalem, premier pledges

Washington - The Romanian prime minister promised Sunday in Washington that her country would move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, breaking with both the European position and apparently with her own country's president.

Romania former anti-graft chief summoned over corruption allegation

Bucharest - Romanian magistrate Laura Codruta Kovesi, a hot favourite to become the EU's first-ever top prosecutor, faces a fresh hearing next week over allegations of graft, media reports said Thursday.

Feud escalates between Romania govt and former anti-graft chief

Bucharest - A stand-off between Romania's government and judiciary escalated as the former chief anti-graft prosecutor said she had been summoned by investigators over allegations of corruption, abuse of office and giving false testimony.

Israeli PM urges Romania to move embassy to Jerusalem

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday urged Romania and other EU countries to follow Washington's lead and move their embassies to the disputed city of Jerusalem.

End in sight for Romania miners' strike: ministry

Bucharest - The majority of miners who have been on strike in Romania since 11 January have agreed to go to back to work after winning wage rises, the country's energy ministry said on Thursday.

Pope Francis to visit Romania: Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis will visit Romania for three days from May 31 to June 2, the Vatican announced on Friday.

Romanian anti-corruption chief steps down

Bucharest - The interim head of Romania's anti-corruption agency said Tuesday she was stepping down, citing a "hostile environment", just as the country takes on the EU's presidency.

Romanian engineer who saved churches during communist era dies

Bucharest - Engineer Eugeniu Iordachescu, who devised an ingenious method to save Romanian churches threatened with destruction during the communist era, has died aged 89, the Romanian Patriarchy announced Sunday.

Juncker doubts Romania's ability to assume EU presidency

Berlin - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker voiced doubts on Saturday about Romania's ability to take over the EU's six-month rotating presidency next month, amid tensions between Bucharest and Brussels.

Five things to know about Romania

Bucharest - Romania, which took over the EU's rotating presidency on Tuesday for the first time since it joined the bloc in 2007, is a former communist country with a population of 20 million.

Romania politics: a tug-of-war between two powerful men

Bucharest - For the past two years, politics in Romania -- which takes over the EU's rotating presidency on January 1 -- has effectively been a tug-of-war between the country's two most powerful men.

Romania takes EU helm amid tensions with Brussels

Bucharest - Romania takes over the EU's rotating presidency on Tuesday at a tumultuous time for the bloc and just days after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker voiced doubts about the country's ability to do the job.

Romania adopts 'greed tax' despite investor concerns

Bucharest - Romania's left-wing government on Friday issued a controversial emergency ordinance imposing new taxes on banks and energy companies, despite an outcry from investors.

Romania slams EU ahead of taking rotating presidency

Bucharest - Leaders of Romania's left-wing ruling majority on Sunday accused the European Union of "discriminatory" treatment, two weeks before the eastern European country takes over the bloc's rotating presidency.

Incoming EU president Romania aims to join euro 'by 2024'

Bucharest - Romania hopes to adopt the euro "by 2024" and wants to use its forthcoming EU presidency to reduce tensions between the bloc's eastern and western members, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said Wednesday.
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